“What in the World?” Quiz – Answers/Winners – Week of March 14th

“What in the World” Quiz – Answers & Winners

Congratulations to this week’s “What in the World” quiz winners.

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Week of March 14th Winners

Dick Bowers, Nashville, Tennessee

Katherine Lybarger, Lille, France

Jocelyn Hartley, Nashville, Tennessee

Claire Kraft, Tennessee

John Cooper, Nashville, Tennessee

Meg Franklin, Franklin, Tennessee

Pat Miletich, Nashville, Tennessee

Rohan Pethkar, Nashville, Tennessee

Well done all!

Thanks to everyone who played the quiz.

Good luck next week to all.

Well done!



The quiz is open to everybody.

Take the quiz by noon Nashville time on Wednesday to be considered among the weekly winners.  At the end of the month we will draw one name from among the weekly winners for a prize.

If you’re the tops this week (or tied) you’ll be entered in a drawing for the month’s end prize.

March “What in the World?” Quiz Prize


“And then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East” by Richard Engel

“Quick-paced…a thrilling adventure story laced with historical context.” —Associated Press

Based on two decades of reporting, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent’s riveting story of the Middle East revolutions, the Arab Spring, war, and terrorism seen up-close—sometimes dangerously so.

When he was just twenty-three, a recent graduate of Stanford University, Richard Engel set off to Cairo with $2,000 and dreams of being a reporter. Shortly thereafter he was working freelance for Arab news sources and got a call that a busload of Italian tourists were massacred at a Cairo museum. This is his first view of the carnage these years would pile on. Over two decades Engel has been under fire, blown out of hotel beds, taken hostage. He has watched Mubarak and Morsi in Egypt arrested and condemned, reported from Jerusalem, been through the Lebanese war, covered the whole shooting match in Iraq, interviewed Libyan rebels who toppled Gaddafi, reported from Syria as Al-Qaeda stepped in, was kidnapped in the Syrian crosscurrents of fighting. He goes into Afghanistan with the Taliban and to Iraq with ISIS. In the page-turning And Then All Hell Broke Loose, he shares his adventure tale.

Engel takes chances, though not reckless ones, keeps a level head and a sense of humor, as well as a grasp of history in the making. Reporting as NBC’s Chief-Foreign Correspondent, he reveals his unparalleled access to the major figures, the gritty soldiers, and the helpless victims in the Middle East during this watershed time. We can experience the unforgettable suffering and despair of the local populations. Engel’s vivid description is intimate and personal. Importantly, it is a succinct and authoritative account of the ever-changing currents in the Middle East.

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“What in the World” Quiz – Week of March 14, 2016

1. On the eve of a fresh set of peace talks in Geneva the Syrian foreign minister ruled out discussion of a future role for President Assad. The main Syrian opposition umbrella group said the pre-conditions could halt the talks before they had even started. The opposition group is called:

A. Free Syrian Army (FSA)
B. Syrian Liberation Front (SLF)
C. Committee for Syrian Advancement (CSA)
D. High Negotiations Committee (HNC)


2. American and South Korean troops, 17,000 and 300,00 respectively, launched joint exercises called “the largest scale ever” as part of the mission to deter North Korea and defend the south. North Korea threatened to respond with a nuclear weapon attack despite assurances from this military authority that the exercises were not intended to be provocative. What is the organization responsible for the operations?

A. United Nations Command
B. Supreme US-ROK Headquarters
C. Joint Task Force 92
D. U.S. Forces Korea


3. The terrorist group Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for gunmen on Sunday who attacked three beach resort hotels in this African country killing 14 civilians and two soldiers.

A. Sierra Leone
B. Ivory Coast
C. Ghana
D. Benin


4. A car bomb in the center of this capital city killed at least 34 people and wounded 125 others on Sunday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed regional instability for the violence saying, “When terror organizations and the ones who use them as a tool start losing their fight against the security forces they apply the most cruel methods and target our innocent people.”

A. Istanbul, Turkey
B. Damascus, Syria
C. Amman, Jordan
D. Ankara, Turkey


5. A submarine from this Asian country went missing last week and is presumed to have sunk.

A. China
B. Japan
C. North Korea
D. South Korea


6. A far-right party in Germany opposed to Chancellor Angela Merkel made surprising gains in three state elections on Sunday. The main reason for dissatisfaction with the German leader has been policies related to:

A. Refugee resettlement program
B. Rearming NATO’s Eastern flank
C. Rescuing EU debtor nations
D. Negotiating a new Schengen Area agreement


7. This land-locked country in Africa that will celebrate its fifth anniversary of independence on July 11th continues to be wracked by violence from a civil war that has claimed over 50,000 lives.

A. The State of Eritrea
B. The Democratic Republic of Congo
C. The Republic of Botswana
D. The Republic of South Sudan


8. In a revealing interview published in the Atlantic last week President Obama “laid blame for the collapse” of this country to European allies saying he expected them to do more and that UK Prime Minister David Cameron was “distracted by a range of other things.”

A. Syria
B. Yemen
C. Libya
D. Lebanon


9. Protesters filled the streets of Brazil’s major cities on Sunday to demand the removal of the president over corruption charges, raising the stakes for the leftist leader who is struggling to pull the country out of its worst political and economic crisis in a generation. Brazil’s president is:

A. President Dilma Rousseff
B. President Michelle Bachelet
C. President Juan Manuel Santos
D. President Evo Morales


10. This week marked five years since a 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami devastated large sections of eastern Japan and triggering a catastrophe at this nuclear power plant.

A. Fukushima Daini
B. Onagawa
C. Tokai Daini
D. Fukushima Daiichi



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